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Why are you Here?

by Rob Cross on March 24th, 2010

What do you want to be remembered for?

Scrolling through the news yesterday I stumbled upon a quote in an article about someone who recently died:

“I want us to remember and celebrate a unique man, someone so full of character heaven’s gate will have to be widened to get him in.”

Although I’m not religious, when I read this quote I instantly thought; ‘what an amazing thing to say about a person!’ I then thought; ‘I wonder what people will say about me when I die?’

Whilst a little morbid, this simple question of what do you want people to say about you at your funeral, is a powerful one. Why? Because whether you’re a seasoned professional or at the start of your career, it helps you consider what you are going to do with your time on earth – yes, this may get a little deep!

Gaining Alignment

For many people in the professional world it’s easy to be drawn into the mindset of either:

  • Working to Live – work for you is just something that pays the bills, or,
  • Living to Work – work consumes the majority of your waking hours.

The problem for us when adopting either of the mindsets above is that we artificially separate out working and living. In doing this, we forget that we are actually one person who does both things! The other problem with creating this separation is that we miss the potential for gaining alignment where what we do, both in and out of work, helps us to fulfill our purpose.

When starting out in your career, this concept of purpose and alignment, might seem a bit far off as you invest all your energy in just trying to secure any job! However, I would encourage you regardless of what stage you’re at to ask yourself that one question:

What do I want people to say about me at my funeral?

And by asking that question, and then acting on the answer that emerges, you can start to bring greater meaning to your life beyond simply working to live or living to work!

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